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post #1 of 4 Old 01-02-2011, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know of any good racing stables in Canada?

I want to become a jockey basically.
And I'd like to know a good place where maybe I could get a start. Sounds silly I know, but its something Ive always wanted to do.
I've already done some research, and So far I know I will be one of the healthier jockies, since Im quite small to start with. (lol)

Anyone know of any barns?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-02-2011, 04:35 PM
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I see you're in Alberta. With the track in Calgary closed, the one in Balzak not moving forwards, the industry here in Southern Alberta is quite stagnant. The big park is in Edmonton. There are ads in publications such as Horses All or Pacific & Prairie that advertise schools for such things, but I think you'd be best off trying to get in with a racing barn and working up from there.
Are you experienced with horses and handling hotheads?
It's an extremely competative field, and you're either a money-maker, or you live off Ramen noodles. You will see everything, from the owners and trainers that truly do right by their horses, down to those who will do anything to win a race. It's also a very biased industry; you won't be regarded on the same playing field as the men.
Please, don't think it's how it is in the books or movies - it isn't.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-02-2011, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Oh dont worry, I know all of that, but Im pretty competitive myself.
I do have experience will all kinda of horses aswell. And i do know its either a win or lose thing, but its not really about the money for me. Its about doing something i want to do.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-02-2011, 06:00 PM
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It's something i always wanted to do as well when i was younger(even now lol) so long as you dont mind living off of pennies for the first couple years. Horse racing in general is a very tough sport of get involved in and unless you're good right off the start or have the money to keep riding even if you dont win it's really hard to find mounts (owners want the good jockeys when it comes down to a race & there are few who are willing to take the chance on a newbie).
Jockey's also have agents that help get them rides and establish a payment plan with trainers.
It might be hard to get on at a farm unless you have prior training with racehorses & riding them but as someone said Olds College in AB has a jockey training/exercise rider course you can take. I'd imagine they'd help you get started to.
There are bound to be similar programs in other provinces.
Stampede Park also has a program for those who want to work with racehorses.

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